Professionalising journalism

We work to improve the content and quality of media products

IMS works to improve the content and quality of media products through training of journalists and media workers in basic as well as in advanced journalism skills. This includes areas such as investigative reporting, conflict sensitive journalism, new media technologies and the art of documentary film-making and photo journalism which can provide a different outlet of expression in countries where traditional media is under pressure.

Well-trained journalists equipped with professional skills based on internationally recognised best practices of journalism are an important component to the safeguarding of media freedom and ensuring an independent and pluralistic media.

Media content that reinforces democracy and promotes conflict resolution based upon core professional standards and practices is essential for the media to fulfill its role as a watchdog in society and to contribute constructively in relation to the coverage of complex conflict-related issues.

IMS seeks to support local media and the content it produces by:

  • Providing training for media, preferably on location inside media houses from management to newsrooms
  • Providing training of trainers
  • Developing training materials, including handbooks, trainers’ guides on best practice models
  • Working to include best practice journalism training materials in national media education curricula
  • Strengthening the links between media, civil society, humanitarian organisations and academia to expand media’s access to information

What we do

Safety in journalism

We help journalists protect themselves and report professionally under pressure

Advocating media rights

We help bring attention to press freedom violations and advocate for change

Media law reform

We work for transparent and accountable media policy and regulatory frameworks

Professional associations and media centres

We support media and journalists’ associations, unions, and press councils

Media business development

We help media develop sustainable business plans and compete on the market

New media and technology

We work to safeguard the principles of independent and pluralistic media and Freedom of Expression online

Professionalising journalism

We work to improve the content and quality of media products